Family therapy is a form of treatment that addresses the behaviors of all family members and the way these behaviors affect individual family members, the relationships between family members and the family unit as a whole. The sessions help family members understand and support each other by improving communication, solving family problems, understanding and handling special family situations.

Family therapy may include the following:

  • talking about each person’s hopes;
  • encourage everyone to talk about their experiences and listen to each other;
  • clarify each person’s beliefs, values, needs, hopes and assumptions so that everyone understands each other;
  • help families stop blaming each other and begin exploring how everyone can work together to make positive changes;
  • help people understand the impact of their words and behaviours on other members of the family;
  • help families talk about the challenges they’re facing; and 
  • support families as they work through their own goals.


What is Family Therapy? © 2015 Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice Challenges & Choices © 2003 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health